Came here in April 2012 as a party of 5 (4 adults with a 14 month old baby). The drive here takes a while along the winding Toco roads, but you get some great views of the beaches and the Caribbean meeting the Atlantic. Not the best road to drive during the rainy season, so be mindful of when you come. We stayed in the refurbished portion of the complex on the 2nd floor of what used to be a horse stable. You can see this with the doors on the 1st floor rooms. Can easily see how this was a sprawling estate many years ago. The 2nd floor room had a newly refinished bathroom, 1 queen sized bed, 3 twin beds and some furniture. You get your own balcony with 3 lounge chairs. Mosquito nets were over the queen bed and 1 of the twin beds. We heard you can get cribs there, but we chose to bring our own pack and play which worked out great (wheels so you can cart it out to the balcony). CAUTION, the balcony has no railing, just afew metal wires routed through small metal beams in front of you. Not safe for small kids as they can easily fall through or crawl between the wire gaps. Thus, we kept the baby in the crib when outside, and at least always kept the balcony door closed. The room did have A/C, but we were told the first floor had only fans available. Ask for an A/C room if you want it. The restaurant food is ok and service can be slow, but we enjoyed it overall. They have Carib beer in a fridge by the check-in desk and they'll keep a tab on your room. Spent most of our time lounging around. The beach was nice, be aware though that as of SUMMER 2012 there had been some serious beach erosion and work was still ongoing to repair this part of hotel...namely the floor we stayed on as beams were about to give way due to beach erosion into the foundation. Recommend calling and asking about this. You're truly off the beaten path here as the town is remote but friendly. There are NO ATMs around, so bring cash (TT dollars), although it's ok to pay with credit card for the overall hotel bill. The closest gas station was in Toco. Like others have said, it's an eco-resort. No frills, no bellhops, no TV, no internet. We read books, sat by the beach/ocean, and enjoyed the sea breeze. It's rough waters for swimming, but the small river does afford some nice bathing if you want to do so. There's a restaurant/hotel next door. We ate there one night and had a good time. You come here for the turtles though. Everyone lucked out as the beach closed at 6pm and we started seeing turtles around 630. They come directly onto the beach in front of the hotel and all up and down the entire beach itself. For the turtle permits, you walk up the road to the hotel and hang a right where you see a turtle sign and a small building through a small parking lot. Bring cash for this. No plastic accepted here. Ran about $90+ TT each here, so again make sure you bring enough. After that, we met a guide with a group of others by the beach. Probably saw 30+ adult turtles that night alone. Definitely worth seeing. Planning to go back next season.
Leave your expectations of getting 5 star treatment and the need for amenities (TV/internet/7-11) in town, because you won't find any here. What you will find is a unique experience available in very few parts of the world. Bring sunscreen and insect repellant, and a flashlight with red lens if you have it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mt Plaisir Estate is the only true Beach Hotel in Trinidad. Located on Grande Riviere Bay along the Caribbean Northeast Coast, it hosts one of the largest colonies of the endangered leatherback turtles, the biggest sea turtles which annually nest here by the thousands between March and August. Mt Plaisir is an excellent base for forest hiking into the majestic Rain Forest and birdwatching. There is an excellent restaurant at the resort: Ylang-Ylang that offers Caribbean and Italian dishes. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mount Plaisir Estate Resort
- Mount Plaisir Estate Trinidad
- Mt Plaisir Estate Hotel Trinidad/Grande Riviere